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In cases where there is public interest or where the sentence may be complicated or controversial, the judge may decide to make the sentencing statement more widely available. You can read the judge’s full statement here once sentence has been passed.

We also issue tweets to alert our followers as soon as statements are published. Follow Us.  

For more information about how judges decide sentences and what sentences are available to them, see the Scottish Sentencing Council website.

Click here if you would like information about victims of crimes and sentencing.

Appointment of Summary Sheriffs

Tuesday, 4 September, 2018
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Six new summary sheriffs have been appointed, the Judicial Office for Scotland has announced.

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Judicial Work Shadowing Scheme

Monday, 20 August, 2018
Media Releases

The head of the Scottish judiciary has launched a new Judicial Work Shadowing Scheme, which gives any qualified solicitor, solicitor-advocate or advocate the opportunity to apply to spend up to three days observing the work of a judicial office holder.

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New Judicial Protocol for cross-border children’s cases

Tuesday, 24 July, 2018
Media Releases

Lord Carloway, head of the Scottish judiciary and Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division in England & Wales, have agreed a new judicial protocol which will provide for the direct exchange of information between judges in intra-UK cross-border cases involving children.

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Statement from the Judicial Office for Scotland on the suspension of part-time sheriff Peter Watson

Thursday, 12 July, 2018
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Following the extra judicial settlement of the Heather Capital action in which part-time sheriff Peter Watson was named as one of the defenders, the Lord President has lifted the suspension imposed upon him in terms of section 34 of the Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Act 2008. Sheriff Watson will resume part-time judicial duties with effect from 12 July 2018.

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New Employment Judge

Monday, 28 May, 2018
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Robert King has been appointed to the panel of judges of Employment Tribunals (Scotland).

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